Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include the following:
- Encouraging states to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources
- Including a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate
- Supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
- Providing targeted technical assistance to grantees and other stakeholders
- Issuing guidance on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor related to the federal definitions of “spouse” and “marriage”
SAMHSA contributes to developing national data collection protocols and expanding health services for LGBT individuals. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals.
SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources
- Affordable Care Act Enrollment Assistance for LGBT Communities: A Resource for Behavioral Health Providers – 2014 – This briefing document is part of a toolkit designed to help behavioral health providers assist lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in enrolling in health insurance plans. Many LGBT people in the U.S. lack insurance coverage for behavioral health services and could benefit from enrollment support. SAMHSA also has a PowerPoint presentation available and a consumer-oriented Frequently Asked Questions brochure to supplement this toolkit.
- A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children – 2014 – Offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) children.
- A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals – 2001 – Informs clinicians and administrators about substance abuse treatment approaches that are sensitive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients. Covers cultural, clinical, health, administrative, and legal issues as well as alliance building.
- Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children – 2009 (PDF | 897 KB) (link is external) – Provides information about sexual orientation and gender identity to help friends, family, and other adults support LGBT children and adolescents. It reports research findings from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco University and includes research on the impact of families on their LGBT children’s health, mental health, and well-being. It also provides ways ethnically, religiously, and socially diverse families, parents, and caregivers can support their LGBT children. Family materials and provider tools such as education materials, assessment and policy resources, research publications, and gender spectrum education and training materials are presented.
- Larkin Street Stories from the Homelessness Resource Center – Meet Toby, Loch, and the youth of Larkin Street Youth Services and learn more about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth who are homeless. The video series offers tips on best practices for providers serving LGBTQ youth who are homeless.
- LGBT Training Curricula for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Practitioners – Is a list of six training curricula for behavioral health and primary care practitioners to help them assess, treat, and refer lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clients in a culturally sensitive manner. Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available.
- Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex or Two-Spirit – 2008 (PDF | 1.7 MB) – Is for policymakers, administrators, and providers seeking to learn more about (1) youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, or two-spirit (LGBTQI2-S) and (2) how to develop culturally and linguistically competent programs and services to meet their needs and preferences.
- Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit – 2012 – Equips prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression.